Edith Nesbit
The Gift Of The Gods by Edith Nesbit

The Gift Of The Gods by Edith Nesbit

'GIVE me thy dreams,' she said, and I With empty hands and very poor, Watched my fair flowery visions die Upon the temple's marble floor. 'Give joy,' she said. I let joy go; I saw ...

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Child’s Song In Spring by Edith Nesbit

Child’s Song In Spring by Edith Nesbit

The Silver Birch is a dainty lady, She wears a satin gown; The elm tree makes the old churchyard shady, She will not live in town.The English oak is a sturdy fellow, He gets his ...

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The Last Defeat by Edith Nesbit

The Last Defeat by Edith Nesbit

Across the field of dayIn sudden blazon layThe pallid bar of goldBorne on the shield of day.Night had endured so long,And now the Day grew strongWith lance of light to holdThe ...

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A Garden Of Girls by Edith Nesbit

A Garden Of Girls by Edith Nesbit

KATE is like a violet, Gertrude's like a rose, Jane is like a gillyflower smart; But Laura's like a lily, the purest bud that blows, Whose white, white petals veil the golden ...

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A Good-Bye by Edith Nesbit

A Good-Bye by Edith Nesbit

FAREWELL! How soon unmeasured distance rolls Its leaden clouds between our parted souls! How little to each other now are we-- And once how much I dreamed we two might be! I, who ...

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A Kentish Garden by Edith Nesbit

A Kentish Garden by Edith Nesbit

THERE is a grey-walled garden, far away From noise and smoke of cities, where the hours Pass with soft wings among the happy flowers, And lovely leisure blossoms every day. There, ...

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St. Valentine’s Day by Edith Nesbit

St. Valentine’s Day by Edith Nesbit

The South is a dream of flowers With a jewel for sky and sea, Rose-crowns for the dancing hours, Gold fruits upon every tree; But cold from the North The wind blows forth ...

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The Kiss by Edith Nesbit

The Kiss by Edith Nesbit

The snow is white on wood and wold,The wind is in the firs,So dead my heart is with the cold,No pulse within it stirs,Even to see your face, my dear,Your face that was my ...

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In Trouble by Edith Nesbit

In Trouble by Edith Nesbit

1 It's all for nothing: I've lost im now.2 I suppose it ad to be:3 But oh I never thought it of im,4 Nor e never thought it of me.5 And all for a kiss ...

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Villeggiature by Edith Nesbit

Villeggiature by Edith Nesbit

My window, framed in pear-tree bloom,White-curtained shone, and softly lighted:So, by the pear-tree, to my roomYour ghost last night climbed uninvited.Your solid self, long ...

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The Maiden’s Prayer by Edith Nesbit

The Maiden’s Prayer by Edith Nesbit

SPRING, pretty Spring, what treasure do you bring to me?Green grass and buttercups, cherry-bloom and may?Sunshine to be glad with me, and little birds to sing to me?Warm nests to ...

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The Island by Edith Nesbit

The Island by Edith Nesbit

Does the wind sing in your ears at night, in the town, Rattling the windows and doors of the cheap-built place? Do you hear its song as it flies over marsh and down? Do you ...

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Age To Youth by Edith Nesbit

Age To Youth by Edith Nesbit

Sunrise is in your eyes, and in your heartThe hope and bright desire of morn and May.My eyes are full of shadow, and my partOf life is yesterday.Yet lend my hand your hand, and ...

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A Song For Peace And Honour by Edith Nesbit

A Song For Peace And Honour by Edith Nesbit

TO THE QUEENLADY and Queen, for whom our laurels twine, Upon whose head the glories of our land In one immortal diadem are met, Embodied England, in whose woman-hand The sceptre ...

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After Death by Edith Nesbit

After Death by Edith Nesbit

IF we must part, this parting is the best:How would you bear to layYour head on some warm pillow far away--Your head, so used to lying on my breast?But now your pillow is ...

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At The Sound Of The Drum by Edith Nesbit

At The Sound Of The Drum by Edith Nesbit

ARE you going for a soldier with your curly yellow hair, And a scarlet coat instead of the smock you used to wear? Are you going to drive the foe as you used to drive the plough? ...

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A Last Appeal by Edith Nesbit

A Last Appeal by Edith Nesbit

KNOWING our needs, hardly knowing our powers, Hear how we cry to you, brothers of ours!-- Brothers in nature, pulse, passions, and pains, Our sins in you, and your blood in our ...

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Sea-Shells by Edith Nesbit

Sea-Shells by Edith Nesbit

I gathered shells upon the sand,Each shell a little perfect thing,So frail, yet potent to withstandThe mountain-waves' wild buffeting.Through storms no ship could dare to braveThe ...

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A Star In The East by Edith Nesbit

A Star In The East by Edith Nesbit

FOR THE ART EXHIBITION AT ST. JUDE'S, WHITECHAPELLIKE a fair flower springing fresh, sweet, and bright, Through prison stones; or like one perfect song Heard in a dream on one ...

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The Gray Folk by Edith Nesbit

The Gray Folk by Edith Nesbit

THE house, with blind unhappy face, Stands lonely in the last year's corn, And in the grayness of the morn The gray folk come about the place. By many pathways, gliding gray They ...

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A Dirge by Edith Nesbit

A Dirge by Edith Nesbit

LET Summer go To other gardens; here we have no need of her. She smiles and beckons, but we take no heed of her, Who love not Summer, but bare boughs and snow, Set the snow free ...

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Song by Edith Nesbit

Song by Edith Nesbit

Now the Spring is waking,Very shy as yet,Busy mending, makingGrass and violet.Frowsy Winter's over:See the budding lane!Go and meet your lover:Spring is here again!Every day is ...

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The Moors by Edith Nesbit

The Moors by Edith Nesbit

NOT in rich glebe and ripe green garden only Does Summer weave her sweet resistless spells, But in high hills, and moorlands waste and lonely, The vast enchantment of her presence ...

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Lullaby by Edith Nesbit

Lullaby by Edith Nesbit

SLEEP, sleep, my treasure, The long day's pleasure Has tired the birds, to their nests they creep; The garden still is Alight with lilies, But all the daisies are fast asleep. ...

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After Sixty Years by Edith Nesbit

After Sixty Years by Edith Nesbit

RING, bells! flags, fly! and let the great crowd roar Its ecstasy. Let the hid heart in prayer Lift up your name. God bless you evermore, Lady, who have the noblest crown to wear ...

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Spring Song Iii by Edith Nesbit

Spring Song Iii by Edith Nesbit

HERE'S the Spring-time, Sweet! Earth's green gown is new, Lambs begin to bleat, Doves begin to coo, Birds begin to woo In the wood and lane; Sweet, the tale is true Spring is here ...

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Appeal by Edith Nesbit

Appeal by Edith Nesbit

Daphnis dearest, wherefore weave meWebs of lies lest truth should grieve me?I could pardon much, believe me:Dower me, Daphnis, or bereave me,Kiss me, kill me, love me, leave ...

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Song V by Edith Nesbit

Song V by Edith Nesbit

THE sunshine of your presence liesOn the glad garden of my heartAnd bids the leaves of silence partTo show the flowers to your dear eyes,And flower on flower blooms there and ...

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A Farewell by Edith Nesbit

A Farewell by Edith Nesbit

Good-bye, good-bye; it is not hard to part!You have my heart--the heart that leaps to hearYour name called by an echo in a dream;You have my soul that, like an untroubled ...

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The Nest by Edith Nesbit

The Nest by Edith Nesbit

That was the skylark we heardSinging so high,The little quivering birdWe saw, and the sky.The earth was drenched with sun,The sky was drenched with song;We lay in the grass and ...

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Gratitude by Edith Nesbit

Gratitude by Edith Nesbit

I found a starving cat in the street:It cried for food and a place by the fire.I carried it home, and I strove to meetThe claims of its desire.And since its desire was a little ...

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Absolution by Edith Nesbit

Absolution by Edith Nesbit

THREE months had passed since she had knelt before The grate of the confessional, and he, --The priest--had wondered why she came no more To tell her sinless sins--the vanity ...

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A Choice by Edith Nesbit

A Choice by Edith Nesbit

THE flood of utter change is loosed. A space Is ours yet, for its coming to prepare. Shall we build dams with cautious, clumsy care, Or stand with idle hands and frightened face, ...

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Seed-Time And Harvest by Edith Nesbit

Seed-Time And Harvest by Edith Nesbit

MY hollyhocks are all awake, And not a single rose is lost; My wallflowers, for dear pity's sake, Have fought the winter's cruel frost; Pink peony buds begin to peer, And flags ...

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Spring In War-Time by Edith Nesbit

Spring In War-Time by Edith Nesbit

Now the sprinkled blackthorn snowLies along the lover’s laneWhere last year we used to go-Where we shall not go again.In the hedge the buds are new,By our wood the violets ...

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A Song Of Parting by Edith Nesbit

A Song Of Parting by Edith Nesbit

DEDICATIONQUEEN of my Life, who gave me for my song The richest crown a poet ever wore, Since I have given you songs a whole year long, Stoop, of your grace, and take this one ...

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A Portrait by Edith Nesbit

A Portrait by Edith Nesbit

LIKE the sway of the silver birch in the breeze of dawn Is her dainty way; Like the gray of a twilight sky or a starlit lawn Are her eyes of gray; Like the clouds in their moving ...

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A Comedy by Edith Nesbit

A Comedy by Edith Nesbit

MADAM, you bade me act a part, A comedy of your devising-- Forbade me to consult my heart, To be sincere--or compromising. The play was not my own device, My stage-struck youth ...

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The Forest Pool by Edith Nesbit

The Forest Pool by Edith Nesbit

LEAN down and see your little face Reflected in the forest pool, Tall foxgloves grow about the place, Forget-me-nots grow green and cool. Look deep and see the naiad rise To meet ...

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For Dolly — Who Does Not Learn Her Lessons by Edith Nesbit

For Dolly — Who Does Not Learn Her Lessons by Edith Nesbit

You see the fairies dancing in the fountain,Laughing, leaping, sparkling with the spray;You see the gnomes, at work beneath the mountain,Make gold and silver and diamonds every ...

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A Brown Study by Edith Nesbit

A Brown Study by Edith Nesbit

LET them sing of their primrose and cowslip, Their daffodil-gold-coloured hair, Their bluebells, blue eyes, and white violets, All the pale dreamy things they find fair; Give me ...

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The Old Magic by Edith Nesbit

The Old Magic by Edith Nesbit

Gray is the sea, and the skies are gray;They are ghosts of our blue, bright yesterday;And gray are the breasts of the gulls that screamLike tortured souls in an evil dream.There ...

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Inspiration by Edith Nesbit

Inspiration by Edith Nesbit

I WANDERED in the enchanted wood, And as I wandered there, I sang A song I never understood, Though sweet the music rang. I held a lily white and fair, Its perfume was a song ...

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Children’s Playground In The City by Edith Nesbit

Children’s Playground In The City by Edith Nesbit

THIS is a place where men laid their dead, Each with his life-tale of good or ill; Here prayers were murmured and hot tears shed, And passionate anguish moaned its fill. Silent ...

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A Life’s Story by Edith Nesbit

A Life’s Story by Edith Nesbit

THE morning broke in a pearly haze, Then the east grew duskly red: 'Oh, my only day, oh, my day of days, To-day he will come,' I said. As the sun climbed up in the clearer sky, ...

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In The Rose Garden by Edith Nesbit

In The Rose Garden by Edith Nesbit

RED roses bright, pink roses and white That bud and blossom and fall; The very sight of my heart's delight Is more than worth them all! Is worth far more than the whole sweet ...

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And The Rains Descended And The Floods Came by Edith Nesbit

And The Rains Descended And The Floods Came by Edith Nesbit

NOW the far waves roll nearer and more near,The wind's awake, the pitiless wind's awake,It shrieks the menace that I dare not hear,Soon at my feet the angry waves will breakIn ...

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Absolution Ii by Edith Nesbit

Absolution Ii by Edith Nesbit

UNBIND thine eyes, with thine own soul confer, Look on the sins that made thy life unclean, Behold how poor thy vaunted virtues were, How weak thy faith, thy deeds how small and ...

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A Parting by Edith Nesbit

A Parting by Edith Nesbit

So good-bye!This is where we end it, you and I.Life's to live, you know, and death's to die;So good-bye!I was yoursFor the love in life that loves while life endures,For the ...

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The Champion by Edith Nesbit

The Champion by Edith Nesbit

Young and a conqueror, once on a day,Wild white Winter rode out this way;With his sword of ice and his banner of snowVanquished the Summer and laid her low.Winter was young then, ...

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